UK: Government condemned for bowing to tobacco industry over plain packs

Author credit: Marita Hefler and Stan Shatenstein On 2 May, the Sun newspaper reported that the UK government had decided to abandon cigarette plain packaging legislation. An announcement about the legislation had been widely tipped to be included in the Queen’s speech at the start of the next parliamentary session on 8 May. No other […]

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“If it’s not cancer, I’ll give up smoking”

“I promise you, I will do everything I can to make sure you did not die in vain. I will tell the world your story, and the story of other people killed by tobacco. I will challenge the tobacco industry, the tobacco lobbyists, and the politicians who listen to them.” Replacement smokers are the lifeblood of the […]

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The marketing of e-cigarettes: a UK snapshot

Marisa de Andrade & Gerard Hastings Institute for Social Marketing; University of Stirling marisa.deandrade1@stir.ac.uk Editor’s note: The United Kingdom’s health regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), is currently considering how to regulate ecigarettes. Given that marketing of these e-cigarettes is of particular concern, Marisa de Andrade and Gerard Hastings were commissioned by […]

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Good news despite the profit increase: analysis of BAT 2012 preliminary results

Pascal Diethelm OxyRomandie, Switzerland On 28 February 2013, British American Tobacco (BAT) published their preliminary results for 2012 and issued an accompanying news release in which the chairman of BAT expressed his satisfaction that BAT was able to deliver “strong profit growth in 2012, achieved through good pricing and an outstanding improvement in operating margin”. […]

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Imperial Tobacco awarded for “social and economic contribution to Polish society”

Seems this business award committee forgot about all of Imperial’s sick, dying and dead customers. I wonder if the local community contributions included addicting children to tobacco and breaking up families? This latest award provides yet further evidence of the tobacco industry using corporate social responsibility programs to polish is tarnished image and avoid government […]

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Same meeting, different day – FDA fails to make real change to tobacco product consultation

Following Ruth Malone’s earlier letter declining to be part of a “facilitated dialogue” with the tobacco industry sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FDA revised the schedule and invited her again to a meeting with public health, academic and government tobacco control leaders on the first day and invited tobacco industry […]

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UK Department of Health invites former BAT executive Kenneth Clarke to speak on “Trade for Better Health”

Kelley Lee London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine In an email invitation to its “Health is Global, Partners Forum”, held on 22 November 2012, the UK Department of Health expressed pleasure that The Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke QC MP (Minister without portfolio and Trade Envoy) would speak on Trade for Better Health. The one-day meeting […]

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Global tobacco treaty meetings marred by industry interference

This article is republished from Citizen News Service under a Creative Commons License. Original link: http://www.citizen-news.org/2012/11/global-tobacco-treaty-meetings-marred.html Governments to industry: you’re not welcome The global tobacco treaty negotiations concluded on 17th November 2012 after a week of Big Tobacco’s attempts to derail, distract, and intimidate 175 countries from strengthening lifesaving measures required by the public health […]

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Clouding the UK policy debate on plain packaging

  Kelley Lee Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House In July 2012, Japan Tobacco International (JTI) launched a campaign against the UK Department of Health’s consultation on the plain packaging of tobacco products.  The UK is one of JTI’s top five markets worldwide and there are fears that the UK, and potentially […]

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